In a bid to effectively control the rise in cases of Covid-19, a night curfew has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi with effect from today night.

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh has announced several restrictions and issued new guidelines to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

The curfew will begin from April 8 to April 30, and the timings will be from 10 pm to 6 am. Essential services will be exempted from these curbs.

Meanwhile, in Lucknow, work will continue during the day from 6 am to 9 pm with the Covid-19 protocol.

Taking to Twitter, the District Magistrate of Lucknow said, "In Lucknow, all government, non-government or privately managed schools, colleges and educational institutions and coaching institutes are closed, except medical, nursing and para-medical institutes, with immediate effect for the control of Covid-19 infection till April 15, 2021."

"However, in recognized educational institutions, examinations/practicals will be conducted in strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocol," tweeted District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash.

The curfew will be applicable only in Lucknow Municipal Corporation area, and not in rural Lucknow. The supply of fruits, vegetables, milk, LPG, petrol-diesel and medicine will continue.

Government and semi-government personnel working night shifts and private sector personnel engaged in essential goods services will be exempted.

The new restrictions have been imposed in compliance with the Allahabad High Court’s recent order to consider a night curfew situation as the state is witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases. The high court had asked the government to consider vaccination of all people and imposing a night curfew.

The decision of night curfew came after a high level review meeting chaired by UP CM Yogi Adityanath for the 13 districts badly affected by rising Covid cases.